Disability service provider, Afford (Australian Foundation for Disability), has opened three group homes for people living with disability in the Hawkesbury.
The homes - two in Bligh Park and one in South Windsor - will give residents greater choice and opportunity to live independently with support.
Minister for Families and Social Services, Paul Fletcher, officially opened the three Hawkesbury group homes on Monday, May 6.
Afford CEO, Steven Herald, said: "Home isn't a place - it's a feeling. Our homes are places that residents can call their own, develop friendships to last a lifetime and enjoy the freedom of living independently."
"The Afford Lifestyle is about Afford, as a disability service provider, going above and beyond to deliver whole-of-life supports for people living with disability, to ensure they achieve their goals of independence under the NDIS," said Mr Herald.
Afford's group homes offer 24/7 support and encouragement for residents to explore their community. Homes are located near community hubs and parks, and a wheelchair accessible van is always parked in the driveway, so that residents can be supported to come and go as they please.
They can choose their own furnishings including tables, lounges and outdoor BBQ settings to make the house their home.
Local lady Marg moved to one of the new Bligh Park homes after her mother passed away. She had lived for a time with her sister, Belinda and her two sons, however this presented some challenges as Marg didn't have an NDIS plan.
Belinda said: "It was me with the tears when it was time to go. I know she is in good hands and I trust that Mum would be proud of the amazing opportunities ahead for Marg."